As the impact on the coronavirus situation continues, you should know your city government is focused on the challenges that affect each of you. While our immediate goal is to reduce the spread of this virus to protect lives, we are also very aware of the impact to your businesses.
I understand the sacrifices you are making for the greater good of public health and it has not gone unnoticed. The City of Charlotte is committed to working with our partners in the coming weeks, months and years to develop assistance for small businesses that are suffering as a result of COVID-19.
Your businesses are the foundation of our economy and we will do everything we can to help you maintain what you have built and cultivated here in Charlotte.
The City of Charlotte is continuing to work with our partners to develop assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
For federal assistance resources, small businesses may visit the
Small Business Administration’s website for information.
Businesses are encouraged to follow the
CDC's recommendations regarding impacts to the workplace by actively encouraging sick employees to stay home; performing routine environmental cleaning; preparing for an increased number of employee absences; and providing employees flexible working options when possible.
As always, continue to follow
Mecklenburg County’s Public Health Department website for Charlotte-specific impacts and updates.
Charlotte Works has temporarily shut down their career centers, effective until April 1 (subject to change). Charlotte Works will continue to serve clients virtually via phone appointments and
AMP Up Charlotte is still scouting for participants. Five seats are available for the next generation of AMP UP business owners.
Applications are due by April 1.
Small Business Majority will host a
National Resources and Policy Updates for Small Business Impacted by COVID-19 webinar on March 19.
On March 25, the Small Business Center at Central Piedmont Community College will host a
webinar for business continuity around COVID-19.
Governor Cooper's Executive Orders include,
Executive Order Open PDF closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service, makes unemployment benefits more widely available.
March 16: NCDHHS
recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people.
March 14: Executive Order Open PDF closes K-12 public school statewide.
On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order to close restaurants and bars for dine-in service, and to make employment benefits more widely available. Employees interested in benefits can find more details and apply
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also granted Governor Cooper's request for a disaster declaration for small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. Through this declaration, small businesses across the state impacted by COVID-19 can apply for SBA disaster loans.
Applicants can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application through the
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has a
comprehensive page that gives summaries of the three executive orders issued by the Governor related to COVID-19, as well as other state wide planning tools.
The North Carolina Department of Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 update page also provides
specific advice to business and employers.
The Small Business Administration is regularly updating its services related to small business assistance and support. A full list of assistance can be found by visiting
Small Business Administration’s website. This link also contains the President’s guidance around COVID-19.
The SBA will be working with states on providing low interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For more information go to,
The Small Business Administration has partnered also with private industry to create a comprehensive website focused on planning for and responding to disasters including pandemics. Visit
PrepareMyBusiness.org for more details.
The site also has a list of the SBA’s
The Department of Homeland Security has developed a very comprehensive checklist for creating a business continuity plan, available at
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has also prepared
guidance to help ensure employers are aware of Americans With Disability Act requirements and privacy requirements.
Center for Disease Controls
information page on COVID-19
CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides a
comprehensive list of steps you can take to reduce the risk of spread in the workplace
FEMA Emergency Planning – exercises to help businesses walk through creating emergency plans
Pitch In. Take Out. Charlotte restaurants open for business
Shop Local Or Else:
Local small business deals
How to support your neighbors through the coronavirus pandemic
Rapid Recovery Loans for Small Businesses